Hashim Mahomed Amla was born on 31 March 1983. He is a former South African international cricketer who played in all three formats of the game. He regarded as one of the greatest opening batsmen. He is a right-handed batsman. Amla became the fastest cricketer to reach 10 one day international centuries. He also currently holds the record for being the fastest ever to 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, and 7000 one day International runs. He is an occasional off-break bowler. He was a Test captain from June 2014 to January 2016. Hashim and de Villiers’ partnership of 308 runs is the record fourth-wicket partnership for South Africa in a Test match against the West Indies.
On 28 November 2004, making his debut at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, he initially made a slow start to his career, with his technique having criticized after scoring 36 runs against England. In July 2012, he held the record for the highest individual Test score of any South African batsman of 311 not out (scored against England at The Oval, London).
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He has scored ODI centuries against all Test-playing countries and is only the fourth person to do so. In 2013, he named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year. He scored two centuries in the IPL in 2017, playing for Kings XI Punjab. He became the fastest player to score 7,000 runs in One Day International. He became the fastest cricketer to reach 15 centuries in ODIs in his 86th innings in 2014. In the same year, he became the fastest cricketer to reach 16 centuries in ODIs in his 94th inning and fastest cricketer to 17 centuries in ODIs in his 98th innings. He became the fastest cricketer to score 18 centuries in ODIs in his 102nd innings on 18 January 2015. Amla became the fastest cricketer to reach 20 centuries in ODIs in his 108th innings on 3 March 2015, and he became the fastest cricketer to reach 25 ODI centuries on 3 June 2017. Amla broke Virat Kohli’s record for being the fastest cricketer to reach 27 centuries in ODI cricket on 19 January 2018.
On 8 August 2019, Amla announced his retirement from international cricket. After the resignation from the internal cricket, he is all set to sign for English county club Surrey with Kolpak registration. Later in December, he headed one of the teams of Qatar T10 League, Falcon Hunters.